Bears Win!

Well, they did it! The Chicago Bears are going to Super Bow XLl! Apryl and I watched the first half of the NFC Championship at home, but then I decided to catch the rest of the game at the Art Gallery Cabaret, one of the neighborhood bars. The bar has been one that I’ve been wanting to check out for some time. Not only is it on our street, but we pass it everytime we walk to and from the train. Often, I would peak through the windows just to see what was going on. For one reason or another, it always seems so inviting.

Once inside, I found my assumption to be correct. Of course, the Bears were on the brink of doing something they haven’t be able to do in over 20 years, but still there seemed to be a real sense of community. This is the type of bar where the bartender knows your name and what you fancy.

As I reported in an earlier post, one of the bonus for catching a Bears game on a Sunday is free bar food. And today, the main attraction on the food table were large, juicy burgers. I wasn’t even that hungry, but I couldn’t pass up a free burger. And since we still haven’t found our burger joint here, I thought what if this one was it, and only four blocks from our apartment. The verdict: a very tasty, homemade burger that’s definitely my favorite (so far). While I was putting up my plate from the burger, a woman with the bar asked me if I wanted to try some of her homemade matzah ball soup. I couldn’t say no, and she was thrilled. Apparently, she made a lot of it. And hey, it was really good soup.

But the highlight of Art Gallery were the people, who really made you feel welcomed. Of course, a Bears’ victory sure was helping with the collective high spirits. Still, I have a feeling that there’s a lot of good times going down in this joint. (Rumor is the place was an early stomping ground for Liz Phair and The Smashing Pumpkins. Who knows?) The best part of the evening was everytime the Bears scored, a man from the bar would run to the back of the bar and get behind the bar’s piano to play the Bears’ fight song. The rest of the bar would joyfully join in singing and clapping. What a fun time! And what a great time to be living in the Windy City.

As I stepped outside, it was snowing as I made my way back home. Go Bears!

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